Editorials

Editorials

The News Tribune: Refresh Washington’s open government rules for digital age

Public servants in Washington can’t use personal cell phones or other electronic devices to hide official business from the public. This point of law was hammered home in a 2015 state Supreme Court ruling; justices unanimously ordered Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist to produce copies of text messages from his personal phone and turn over any pertaining to his work.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Planning commission undermines will of Benton County voters

Benton County’s Planning Commission failed to approve zoning ordinance changes what would prohibit any future cannabis retail locations within unincorporated areas of the county. It’s ironic that despite overwhelming public support for these changes, they were unable to affirm what the voters made clear in voting down I-502 with a 12 percent margin five years ago. It’s equally ironic that the rationale for not supporting these changes included concerns over a monopoly (despite having six different licensed locations within the county) and sovereignty of choosing what is and is not acceptable within our county.

Editorials

The Columbian: U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will be missed

Next year’s retirement of U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will draw attention — as well as campaign money — to Washington. The race for the state’s 8th Congressional District will be viewed as a bellwether for the midterm elections as Republicans try to maintain a majority in the House of Representatives.

Editorials

What Amazon's HQ2 plan gets right: Move the jobs to the workers

One disconnect in the American economy these days involves the thousands of high-paying jobs in cities such as New York, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco without workers to fill them. One culprit: housing shortages caused by zoning and other restrictions that make it impossible, or too expensive, for workers to move to these cities to take those jobs.

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Watch: Kamiakin girls' soccer remains undefeated

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The 28th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally

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